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OK, want to take advantage of some of my access to the area shorelines, SCS-Grosse Pointe Area piers, but dont necessarily want to put in more then a few hours going for some eyes... and I am always hearing about catching nice walleye at dark, but not sure if 6pm now counts as dark :confused:...

Perhaps a silly question, but what is the most effective time?
Now that it is dark early, does this mean I can get out and target them early evening? Or is it usually late night casting that would increase my odds? What about before sun-up?

Is there a better bait/presentation to use as the evening goes on or daylight arrives???
 

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My experience from shore is the bite typically starts just after 6pm after the time change otherwise it's too light out yet, and can last well into the evening. I usually get to my spot just before 6pm to get settled in and start casting. So far this year for me it has been slow I think because of the unusually warm weather we've had. I've been out three or four times so far and only hooked up on one only to lose it as I was landing it on the shore and it was 6:20pm when I looked at my watch. In my spot 6:30pm to 8pm have been the hot times for me in the past but the temps were cooler and I usually don't fish past 8pm.... personal preference. Just have to get out there and do it you'll figure out a pattern after a while.

Last year by this time I had caught 6 walleye but again I believe it's because the temps were cooler. I won't be going out again until the temps are in the 32-40 degree range at night with light winds. I think the temperature has more to do with the bite than the time when fishing from shore because I have done better in 32-40 degree temps. and this year it has been in the mid to upper 40's.....just an observation I've made. So maybe that means it's a better bite later in the evening as the temperature drops. When it got real cold like in the 20's it was over for the year. It's a small window of opportunity and you have to capitalize on it before it gets too cold.

Lures I use are all stick baits in the 3-1/2 to 4-1/2" range. The larger baits can cast further out especially if there's some wind and obviously a larger profile. Rapalas F-9 and F-11, Thundersticks w/rattle and Bomber Long A's. If you have deep water by shore you can try crank baits but I think the slow wobble the stick baits have are more effective this time of year. As far as color goes I really don't think that matters too much at night. I have caught them on firetiger and blue/silver combo so far. I think they see the silouhette of the lure more, use their sense of smell so I use scent and vibration from the lure so rattles shine there as well as the wobble of the lure. Hope this helps ya out some........Scott
 

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anytime it's dark is a good time. I have noticed that 11pm to 12 midnight seems very good but 10 guys will probably come up with 10 different preferences...just go. FYI...water clarity/wind conditions are much more important than time of day.
 
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